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UK innovation is under threat because of archaic patent law

Peter Finnie, managing partner, discusses why the UK’s legal system is overdue an update to cater for a world largely driven by software. The microprocessor, the pocket calculator, the floppy disk, the very first Apple computer, and Pong. The 70s was a decade of great innovation, with technologies that would...

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What makes a digital health business a medtech business?

These days, with digital transformation and disruption on everyone’s lips, there is no shortage of companies across a wide range of sectors trying to claim to be a technology business as a badge of honour. It has never been more challenging to determine whether a company is genuinely a technology...

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Prioritising Priority – getting your procedural ducks in a row

In a previous article, we reported the outcome of the US interference proceedings in the ongoing dispute between the Broad Institute and the University of California Berkeley over who really “owns” CRISPR. Attention has now turned to Europe, where the Opposition Division of the EPO has issued a preliminary and...

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Beyond humanitarian aims: why social entrepreneurs need solid commercial foundations to succeed

This article was originally published via Growth Business here. Entrepreneurs set up businesses for all sorts of reasons. Everyone wants to be successful, but for many that doesn’t necessarily mean fast growth, a juicy exit, the next startup, a juicier exit, and a yacht in the Bahamas. They genuinely want...

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To patent or not to patent?

As Fiona Stevens and I explained in our recent presentation at the Angels in MedCity Investor Workshop, IP due diligence should never be a tick-box exercise. A company’s decision as to whether (or not) to file a patent application should be carefully reasoned in view of their business plan and...

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